Manager, Sourcing & Supply Chain

Wabtec Corporation

Buffalo Grove, IL


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.


  • Direct, manage and coordinate logistics, warehouse, transportation and purchasing activities in collaboration with Operations & Planning functions.  Lead and direct operational planning for purchasing and logistics.

  • Directs Wabtec Bus Solutions purchasing and logistics operations, including selection of vendors, purchasing and inventory of raw materials, coordination with Wabtec Global Commodity teams on sourcing initiatives, coordination with Operations and Planning regarding freight/logistics of inbound and outbound materials. Evaluates past performance data to forecast needs and production levels. Develops plans to meet operational objectives including Corporate and Business Unit cost reduction initiatives, supplier On-Time delivery and Quality targets and Customer requirements for same.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage key initiatives that drive down cost, lead-time, and risk across the product lines. Procurement is highly focused on world class cost management. Responsible for driving down cost, hitting established sourcing/quality/delivery benchmarks, and supply chain/commodity analysis.
  • Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Responsible for overseeing the inventory management process, defining departmental initiatives for appropriate inventory levels, eliminating obsolete and off-spec material, and reduce aging material.
  • Develop methods and procedures for scheduling of raw materials from suppliers to support manufacturing in achieving customer demand and minimizing cost impacts to Company.
  • Working with the corporate logistics team, develop and maintain transportation system on domestic and international freight that ensures business needs are met.
  • Motivate, organize, and encourage teamwork within the workforce to ensure set productivity targets are met.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls activities related to the procurement function.
  • Maintain receiving, warehousing and distribution operations by initiating, coordinating, and enforcing program operational and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability and prepares market analysis reports.
  • Active participation in value engineering cost reduction and lead-time reductions with Global engineering teams and suppliers. Ensure a competitive sourcing environment leading to continuous improvement in quality, cost, delivery, service, and technology.
  • Develops a system to evaluate vendor quotations that utilizes appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service.
  • Drive readiness reviews for all New Product Introductions and mass production builds for sourcing programs.
  • Implements, manages, and monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
  • Recruits and maintains suppliers that provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
  • Responsible for quarterly executive business reviews of sourcing plans that defines, among other things, market and business analysis, product roadmaps, supplier capabilities and annual / quarterly strategic business objectives.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts, bids, proposals, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications.
  • Oversees all activities related to procurement of a commodity, from intent to purchase through delivery of commodity.  Interact with Regional, Enterprise Teams and the Product Lines.
  • Assigns procurement requests to the appropriate personnel.
  • Provides category and process expertise to create and execute sourcing strategies and lead supplier management for defined categories. Manages key sourcing process steps including opportunity assessment, strategy development, data analysis, supplier negotiation, award recommendations, and supplier contract execution.
  • Negotiates or supervises the negotiation of complex requests for equipment, supplies, and services from suppliers and subcontractors.

Minimum Qualifications****:

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and at least 15 years of experience in the field or in a related area. APICS certification, CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) or CPPM (Certified Professional Purchasing Manager) designation from the American Purchasing Society is also a plus
  • Work experience in Automotive sector is desirable.  Good working knowledge of electromechanical, electronic, Fabrication of metal parts, hydraulic and Pneumatic based systems is preferred.
  • Experience leading a team of 10+ individuals is required.


Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.